Original Hans Wegner Wishbone Chairs



2015-06-26 10:42:57

Original Hans Wegner Wishbone Chairs are vintage chairs produced by the celebrated furniture designer Hans Wegner.

Brief history and description

Hans Wegner's "Wishbone" chair (also known as the "Y" or "CH-24") was one of the first Wegner chairs to be manufactured for Carl Hansen & Son in 1949.

The design of the chair is said to be inspired by classic portraits of Danish merchants seated in Ming chairs, and can be made from a variety of different materials such as soaped beech, ash or maple, oiled oak, american cherry and walnut.

Wegner's Wishbone chair is typically very light and compact, and features curved back legs with a semicircular top rail. Due to the chair's unique design, the process of building the chair requires a great deal of craftsmanship.

Guide for collectors

Complete sets of Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs, or Wishbone chairs that come with a matching dining table, are considered to be the most rare and valuable.

Restoration of a Hans Wegner Wishbone chair is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring a Hans Wegner Wishbone chair may decrease its value.

For more information regarding Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs, visit the Danish Design store or Design Within Reach's official website.


Treadway Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio sold a set of four Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs with teak frames, original seats, and signed with silver Carl Hansen labels for $2,400 in May of 2008.

Phillips de Pury & Company in New York sold a set of four Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs as well as a matching extension dining table for $2,200 in June of 2006.

Skinner in Massachusetts sold a teak and natural fiber Hans Wegner Wishbone chair for $450 in December of 2011, and Ivey-Selkirk Auctioneers in St. Louis, Missouri sold a beech Wishbone chair with a woven seat for $125 in May of 2011.

Rose Hill Auction Gallery in Englewood, New Jersey sold a pair of Hans Wegner/Carl Hansen oak Wishbone chairs with rush seats for $400 in October of 2007, and Uniques & Antiques, Inc. in Aston, Pennsylvania sold a pair of Hans Wegner/Carl Hansen Wishbone chairs with ebonized frames for $300 in December of 2011.

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